Minnesota Twins defeat Cleveland Indians, 7-3

After seeing closer Joe Nathan struggle through Tuesday night's save, Twins pitching coach Rick Anderson offered Nathan a break on Wednesday.

No thanks, Nathan said. He wanted the ball, if needed.

The Twins sent Matt Guerrier back to the mound for the ninth inning with a 7-3 lead, and when the first two Cleveland batters reached, it qualified as a save situation.

Manager Ron Gardenhire let Guerrier face one more hitter, and the runners advanced to second and third...

The Twins might not win another World Series this year, like 1987 or 1991, but before leaving the Metrodome, they wanted a few more high-stakes games under the big top.

By Wednesday, the Twins felt like they had their wish. They capped a three-game sweep of Cleveland with a 7-3 victory, riding the hot bats of Joe Mauer, Michael Cuddyer and Jose Morales to increase the ante for this weekend's three-game series with the first-place Tigers.

With their fourth consecutive...